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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

(Un)Protected Free Speech:
   The heavy hand of Detention at Bucknell U

From the Brain Terminal, this little piece of offensive Political Correctness:

On August 29th, the Bucknell University Conservatives Club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing an upcoming speaker: Major John Krenson, who had been in Afghanistan "hunting terrorists." Those two words -- "hunting terrorists" -- resulted in three students being called to Bucknell's Office of the President by Kathy Owens, the Executive Assistant to the President.

According to the students, when they arrived at the President's Office for the meeting, Ms. Owens held up a print-out of the offending e-mail and said "we have a problem here," telling the students that the words "hunting terrorists" were offensive. For the next half-hour, the three students were given a lecture on inappropriate phrasing.

My thanks to MBMc at Port McClellan for bringing this to my attention and he adds this comment:

Perhaps next time they should say "Krenson was in Afghanistan righteously smiting terrorist filth."

Does anyone think that statements made by a left-wing organization decrying the "evils" of "capitalist pigs" or "hateful evangelicals" or "Zionist fascists" would elicit a similar lecture on sensitivity?


Blogger Jay Cline said...

To: bmitchell@bucknell.edu, kowens@bucknell.edu


I have read with great dismay about three of your students being lectured on inappropriate comments as they described an August 29 speaker to the Bucknell University Conservatives Club, Major John Krenson, as someone "who had been in Afghanistan hunting terrorists."


This sort of heavy-handed enforcement of a speech code that does not officially exist only serves to discredit America's higher institutes of learning and independent scholarly research.

9/28/2005 2:47 PM  

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